Tips for an ac­tion-packed get­away

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE -

1. FAM­ILY FRIENDLY Do some in­ter­net re­search and find some fam­ily friendly parks that of­fer chil­dren’s fa­cil­i­ties, or base your­selves near some great fam­ily at­trac­tions that will be­come an ex­cit­ing part of the hol­i­day.

Talk about where you are go­ing as a fam­ily and get the chil­dren in­volved in the re­search and plan­ning.

2. PRE­PARE Write lists in ad­vance of what you’re pack­ing and stick them some­where vis­i­ble, es­pe­cially what to bring and food lists.

Once you are away from your dayto-day rou­tine you will be glad you put a lot of ef­fort into your lug­gage.

3. FUN The gen­eral plan is to have as much fun as pos­si­ble even when things don’t go to plan.

Rain can be a chal­lenge, but chil­dren are adapt­able, so pack some travel games, cards and books.

If a planned at­trac­tion is closed, be flex­i­ble and find the near­est in­for­ma­tion cen­tre for ideas.

4. RE­LAX There isn’t any need to jam-pack a mil­lion ac­tiv­i­ties in one day, just roll with it and the fam­ily will en­joy things more.

Just be­cause ev­ery­one else is head­ing to the beach or the play­ground, it doesn’t mean your kids have to. Go at your own pace and do what suits your fam­ily.

5. GOOD FOOD A hol­i­day is not the time or place to start a weird diet or health kick.

Be­fore you shop, ask ev­ery­one in the fam­ily what favourite meal they would like and try to slot it in some­where.

Stock up on de­li­cious good food, but buy plenty of snack food to keep ev­ery­one happy.

6. EX­ER­CISE Pack a soc­cer ball, ten­nis rac­quets or fish­ing rods and en­joy the out­doors with the peo­ple you love most.

Choose a des­ti­na­tion with plenty of walking tracks, or one that is close to the beach.

In­ter­act­ing with each other as a fam­ily is what your hol­i­day should be about and it’s easy to do.

7. RECORD HOL­I­DAY Whether it’s with words or pho­tos, there are many ways to pre­serve your hol­i­day for years to come.

Ev­ery night be­fore the kids go to bed, get them to draw or write about their day.

Col­lect­ing me­men­tos is an­other fun idea and they will end up as hol­i­day trea­sures when you get home.

Pack healthy food when on hol­i­day, but don’t for­get the marsh­mal­lows.

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